The Craftsman’s Mark

The Craftsman's mark has been used for centuries across different trades by individual craftsmen to denote key information including, in many crafts, to confirm who made the particular item.

Whether it was a stonemason’s mark showing where the finished stones went within the intended structure, or hallmarks on a wedding ring confirming the metal’s quality, or potter’s mark showing which pottery it was made in, the craftsman’s mark was more than just a mark.

Carpenters’ marks on floor joists, found during an archaeological excavation under Chatham Historic Dockyard, showed that 167 timbers from a warship had been recycled as floor joists and they were able to confirm that those same carpenters who had worked on those joists had also worked on Admiral Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. The Craftsman’s Mark always represented more than just the mark and still does to this day.